The headline in a popular newspaper ‘Senior citizens look for a second chance at love,’ appeared catchy and surely it must have meant to attract ‘Singles’ who have read the report. As you read on, you find it was an opportunity for the elderly participants (singles ofcourse) in the carnival to look for companionship to fight lonliness, which doesn’t necessarily mean it involved marriage and the accompanying hassles.
The organizers thought it fit to throw in some games which proved a real test to the aging participants’ physical fitness. However the concept extended to couples as well in the form of ‘ Made for Each other contest’ which was a test as to how well the husband knew about the likes and dislikes of his wife and vice versa. The answers given by the six pairs of participants proved the wives knew more about their husbands than the other way round!
This was followed by a Debate on ‘Live -in relationships’ (that was what the speakers were made to understand) and the participants, a doctor and a home maker who formed a team spoke for the proposal. An advocate and a journalist took the opposite stand. All the speakers were very vehement in driving home their point and when it was thrown open to the audience a few of them expressed their full support for a ‘ live in relationship’ among senior citizens as the only solution to combat loneliness.
n.meera raghavendra rao